Is your workplace headed for a clash of the ages?

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Research shows that negative energy and conflicts at work are some of the reasons why your staff may decide to look for a new job.


A major challenge for workplaces lies in managing potential conflicts between workers who come from different generations.


Talkin’ about my generation


Think of all the generations represented at your workplace. Your staff will likely be made up of:


  • Baby Boomers (born early to mid 1940s through to mid 1960s)
  • Generation Xers (born mid 1960s to early 1980s)
  • Millennials (born early 1980s to early 2000s)
  • Generation Zs (born mid 1990s to mid 2000s, although demographers are yet to agree on the exact birth year range for this generation)


The Generation Challenge


People of different ages/ generations may have very different experiences growing up, living life and going to work; these varying experiences will shape their attitudes to a range of workplace matters from hierarchies, the ways meetings work, approaches to collaboration and more. Different attitudes, different values and different approaches could add up to a recipe for stress and conflict.


The Generation Bonus


There are also benefits that come from having staff of different ages in your workplace: staff members from different generations will have faced unique challenges and have different approaches to overcoming barriers; harnessing this diversity can bring about creative and innovative solutions to workplace challenges.


Another plus to having different age groups represented among your staff is that this creates opportunities for mentoring and learning that go both ways.

Generating success

A workplace where staff from all walks of life get along is a happy, successful workplace. When conflicts flare up, there are ways to get back to working together. If your workplace is facing a clash of generations, get in touch with our Consulting team by emailing leadership@convergeintl.com.au or calling 1300 687 327.


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